February 10, 2013 Subject:
@ The Spectrum
I didn't quite get to see this one but my friends told me it smoked and after listening to most of this recording on IA i'd have to agree with them. This Shakedown smokes and the Terrapin is pretty sweet too. That's after a nice 12 song first set that shines with Candyman,B.R.R. & Looks Like Rain. Sweet Dew too all in all an easy 4 to 4.5 show and recording
December 13, 2012 Subject:
Funked Out Hot Tamale
So this week our journey takes us back to Philly in 1982. What a killer time this show must have been live. I mean that. From the opening riff of CRS you can tell right away something is just ever so slightly different this evening. Within a few tunes you can tell there is a funky little up-tempo thing that gives this performance a great feel and wonderful energy. Another surprise in the bag-o-tricks from the early eighties.
So we begin with CRS>Promised Land, and like I said earlier right away you can hear the little bit o funk throughout. Very mellow and very happening way to begin the performance. I love it when my first impression of the show is how tight the boys sound – and they definitely do here. Very nice opening combo and both Bobby and Jerry’s vocals sound very smooth this evening. Sweeet..Next up is the unlikely combo of Candyman > C.C. Rider, and even more unlikely is the fact that I really dug it. Of course Candyman(especially on a great vocal night), but CC? Really? Yes really – this has to be amongst the best versions of this little tune I have ever heard. I do not like this song and generally make no bones about it. This however, is both inspired and not overdone as usual. I think this tune is like a steak – overdone it sucks, and generally speaking Bobby leaves this one on the grill waaay too long. Tonight however, this is not the case. Shockingly good job Bob…BEW comes next, and even for being a tad quick and not so inspired, it still was enjoyable. Mama Tried>Mexicali was really the first point in the show I was not overly impressed, but hey – shit happens. These two just didn’t do it for me. They made up for it instantly though, with a fine Big RxR. These early eighties versions of this tune are starting to grow on me. Rock star Bobby pops up next with a full on LLR. Great job dude – like youre gonna have a problem getting laid after a performance like that….One of my personal favs, Jack-a-Roe comes along next and keeps this good-timey-upbeat-funked out first set a rollin… Wonderful cowboyness and great soloing by Jerome. All Over Now and Might as Well round out the first set, and both are killer. Wow, those two were good, really f’ing good. I did not even bother to write as to not interrupt the sweetness that was coming out of the speakers. That’s it for the first set and once again, I am surprised by another early eighties show. Nothing mind-blowing going on here so far, but that does not detract from the overall awesomeness of the first set. Enthusiasm, charisma, and a funky uptempo setlist make for a great listen so far.
I am going to separate the second set into two parts, as it is one extended jam. The first part, Shakedown>Sailor>Saint>Terrapin, starts kinda mundane but builds momentum rather quickly. The classic Shakedown riff is taken to the top shelf about the midway point, as Jerry and brent do some really nice extended trading. A quick note about Brent this evening – his levels are just exactly perfect. I think he sounds best when he is beneath, not on top of Jerry. There is a nice transition into Sailor which I suppose is done about as good as it could be, yet I am no judge for this tune. I almost always bump it. I have since I first bought Go To Heaven in 1989. Saint was pretty good as well and I enjoiyed Terrapin. Kinda funny – Jerry sounds a little winded during the chorus the second time around, and that is really the only time during the whole show I noticed a little possible fatigue from the fat man. Drums and Space break right into a whistle blowin “sex change” version of Truckin’ which was extremely well done. This was a small peek into the barnburning TOO that followed. I have to say, I think this TOO is amongst the best early 80’s versions I have heard as well. Hot freakin tamale right here with a sweet trasition into a tearjerking Dew. Unbelievably good right here – goosebump style. Sugarmags wound this little monster nice and tight for a gigantic finish. Baby Blue sounded unbelievably good this evening as the encore and that is that.
OK, so this one done and I loved it. I absolutely recommend this show and I think its one of the better ones from ’82 I have heard. I give this performance an A, and its just a great show. Fun as hell, uptempo first set just a lil’ funked out, and a very solid second set. I think they were very tight, and Jerry’s vocals sounded remarkable to me for 1982. A fine selction for an official release, especially if the sound is an upgrade to the Miller remaster I listened to.
April 9, 2012 Subject:
I guess it doesn't matter anyway
jerry digs in during 'Morning Dew' and ends with a sweet 'baby blue'
April 9, 2012 Subject:
DON'T tell me this town aint got no heart!
30 Years ago! Unbelievable how quickly time has flown in this long strange trip we call Life. I feel so honored that this wonderful show was released by the band as one of their Road Trips series and that it was my Virgin show. The band absolutely LOVED PHIL-adelphia and The Spectrum in particular. In describing the disc set they even say, “A lively and powerful dose of Grateful Dead from one of the band’s all-time favorite venues...” It is also one of the only buildings the played 5 different decades in; 60’s (w/ Iron Butterfly & Steppenwolf) through 2009 (w/ The Dead lineup). At their 50th show there a huge tie-dyed banner commemorating that feat was lowered from the Spectrum rafters like a retired uniform number or a championship. The Spectrum listed this as one of their top moments in the history of the building. (rememberthespectrum.com)
I was fortunate enough to grow up in the Philly burbs and caught most of their record 53 Spectrum shows from this day forward until my last when they broke out Unbroken Chain. Phil Lesh during soundcheck – “NO! I wanna do it in PHILLY man!” From what I experienced in that old building (may it RIP), I can say there was always an added buzz to the air when they came to Philly. The band felt this energy and built on it, making for some fabulous shows. Even on nights when they may not have felt the best or were maybe not singing the best they always seemed to kick it up a notch to build that Philly Phever to a boiling point.
Interesting notes on this one.
I remember coming out of the Broad Street Subway to freezing cold temperatures and snowing like crazy. We were like WTF, this is April! We went up to The Spectrum and were banging on the doors to let us in. They actually let us in a half hour early because it was so nasty outside. After the concert we had to wait for the same subway in 5-6 inches of snow bundled up in concert shirts for friends.
They kicked it off with, what else? – Cold Rain and Snow. The crowd exploded and the race was on. Great first set with a lot of good songs and energy. I tend to gravitate towards soundboards for the most part but this recording is fabulous and gives you that sense of the excitement of the crowd without sacrificing the sound. I especially loved the energy of Might As Well with Jerry screaming “And the poor boy’s on the line!”
2nd set was epic. I don’t understand some of the comments below saying “lackluster” and “not too bad”. If it was that much of a dud why would the Grateful Dead release it? I guess we are all entitled to our opinions. Shakedown Street was a funk monster that came flying out, shook you up and down, and left you begging for more. My favorite song of all time and this is my favorite version. Many others have said this date is one of their faves too, including Charlie Miller. I tend to trust his discerning ear. The interplay between Jerry and Brent is phenomenal. Starts about 8:00 in, crowd really starts going crazy around 9:23, and then Jerry goes off on his own again at about the 9:45 mark.
St of Circumstance Bob ad-libs, “May be crazy, may be outta line now. I’m on the road and I’m feelin’ fine now.”
Truckin’ – goes with the old school beginning with the whistle. Bob adds the “Ever since she went and had a sex change” line.
Other One – SMOKIN hot! Who cares about a missing verse. The bus came by this night and I got on!
Morning Dew Phil was thundering. Jerry gets the most quiet and soulful on this rendition too, it’s beautiful.
Fantastic show, fantastic recording. God Bless the Grateful Dead and The Archive.
March 27, 2012 Subject:
first of 54
this was my first show. i was 17, and although i was'nt familiar with all the material, the saint of circumstance>terrapin etched its way into my brain, but what really got me was this: this pretty little girl came up to me handed me a rose, kissed me on the cheek, and said have a great show. and walked away. i knew right then that there was more going on here then just 6 guys playing music. 53 more shows followed up til the fat man checked out. always thought philly had one of the better lot atmospheres. this shakedown is one for the ages and am happy to see this show get released on the road trips series
December 15, 2011 Subject:
Nothing too exciting
Not a bad show but not too exciting. Some of the performances are a bit flat especially the Terrapin (that poor bastard was calling for it all through the first set). Not a bad Shakedown and the Baby Blue encore is nice.
October 4, 2011 Subject:
A generally loose & often lackluster show,
this otherwise run-of-the mill performance is saved by a superb Shakedown and a truly spectacular Other One/Dew/Sugar Mag with a sweet Baby Blue. Mexicali in the first set is also a scorcher, but in my opinion the whole first set is just too boring to save. The Shakedown is truly unique, with Garcia and Mydland adroitly playing the dozens, trading licks back and forth for longer and longer and keeping on getting better and better until you think you're losing your mind.
July 30, 2011 Subject:
My personal favorite
Every choice on this night was 'just exactly perfect'; especially "Morning Dew."
July 30, 2011 Subject:
Very nice AUD of a hot show on a cold night. Well played first set, but Jerry and Brent pull out all the stops on the Shakedown interplay. Sick!
Well made AUD from the FOB. Nak 700's were very successful mics...also listen to what fellow taper Barry Glassberg did with 700's.
April 26, 2011 Subject:
An embarrassment of riches.
This was a favorite tape of mine from way back.
I basically listened to it so many times I have it memorized. Plus, thanks to the archive we have the aforementioned embarrassment. A very good show that I don't listen to any more.
March 25, 2010 Subject:
2nd Verse of The Other One
I remember being at this show and wondering 1) why The Other One was so short and 2) why Weir sings the 2nd Verse of The Other One and not the first. Didi they do the first verse a few nights earlier?
November 17, 2008 Subject:
on a roll now.....
from all reports there was a big snow storm this night. the boys oblige in kind with a solid Cold Rain opener. bobby sings his heart out on Promised Land indicating he is back in Full Effect after really taking it easy the night before. the set starts to cook during Candyman, and Bobby follows up with a swell CC Rider. not jam packed, but this set is a delight of good ol grateful dead Songs. BE WOMEN is taken at break-neck tempo. Jerry is ON. ....i'll say it again, anytime BIG RR BLUES shows up, pay attention. it usually points to a good show -- this proves a great one. bobby gets right intense on LLR... Jerry follows with Jack-a-roe (?) they both sound great, but they are in different moods aren't they..... All Over Now and Might as Well round out this ROCKIN GOOD TIME set in fine fashion. this tour would feature some really nice first sets, and this was perhaps their best first set effort.
after the quick hits and 1-2 punches of Set I, Jerry comes out with Shakedown, announcing it is time to get down to business... i prefer the other AUD for this SHAKEDOWN STREET the rest of Set II comes through fine on the newer C.M. transfer: Shakedown Street-> Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Terrapin Station-> Drums-> Truckin'-> The Other One-> Morning Dew-> Sugar Magnolia, E: It's All Over Now Baby Blue
there is some really great interplay between Jerry and Brent on Shakedown, as at the 9:00 mark they trade licks like you would hear a jazz band do -- haven't heard them do that too often... Lost Sailor>St of Circumstance is played professionally, as it almost always was... terrpain as well is competently played.... tonight we get a very long drums-space segment, about 20 minutes in total. bobby brings Truckin in with the whistle.... as they enter the jam segment, jerry sounds poised to rage, but they move into the Other One too soon, and then again, too soon, Bobby sings the lyric, and after just a couple minutes, the other one is over and Jerry drops into Morning Dew -- a relatively average version is played (hate to say it). sugar mag and baby blue are satisfying ways to end this excellent show. i would give the fist set, 4.5 stars and set 2 3.5 -- so i give the whole show a solid 4 stars.
This is the best sounding of the 3 sources (the soundboard sounds distorted in the highs). The vocals project very nicely, Phil's bass during Morning Dew comes through in this recording very nice. A few split second cuts or glitches here and there (including during the Dew), but all and all a great sounding audience of probably one of the better shows of the year.
October 11, 2008 Subject:
THE BOYS ROCK BROAD STREET
I THINK THIS SHOW IS EASILY ONE OF THE TOP 5 OF 1982.I TAKE THAT BACK IT IS THE BEST SHOW OF THE YEAR,WITH THE BALTIMORE CIVIC CENTER A CLOSE 2ND.BUT THIS SHOW IN THE SPECTRUM WAS SMOKE FROM THE FIRST NOTE OF COLD RAIN AND SNOW.THE NIGHT BEFORE WAS A WARM NITE TEMPERATURE WISE THE MUSIC ON 4/5/82 WAS SCORCHIN'.BUT 4/6/82 IT WAS A MIXTURE OF RAIN SLEET AND OH YEAH COLD RAIN.IT WAS ONE OF THOSE NIGHTS WHERE YOU TRY TO SPEAK AND YOU CAN'T GET A WHOLE SENTENCE TOGETHER OR WHEN THE BAND COULD BE PLAYIN' TRUCKIN AND YOU JUST CAN'T REMEMBER THE NAME OF THE SONG BECAUSE OF THE LIQUID PUDDLE YOU DRANK ON THE WAY IN.ONE WEIRD THING THAT NITE WAS WHEN WEIR WENT TO CENTER STAGE AND STOPPED THE OTHER ONE AFTER THE FIRST VERSE AND FREAKED GARCIA OUT TO THE POINT OF MORNING DEW, IT BLEW PHIL'S MIND AS WELL BECAUSE IT THUMPED THE OPENING CHORD TO MORNING DEW AS WELL.MAYBE YA HAD TO MUCH TOO FAST.
April 3, 2008 Subject:
Grate audience! kudo's to Charlie Miller